PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has now had almost a full year under his belt with the Steelers.
The trade with Miami last season helped transform the Steelers defense into one of the best in the NFL.
Before practice on Monday, Fitzpatrick told reporters he doesn’t plan on moving from his position at free safety.
“I don’t really see myself moving around a whole lot, I think last year we were successful with what we did, I don’t really see any need for change, we might switch it up a little bit,” said Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick told 93.7 The Fan’s Jeff Hathhorn what it takes to be a good safety.
“I think you want somebody back there that is, one can cover ground . . . a guy that you know knows what everybody in front of him is doing because when you do that, it allows you to play fast back there it allows you to just react and not have to rely on too much thinking.”
He adds the safety is the “last line of defense” who doesn’t let the ball get thrown over his head but also can make plays in front of him.
Making splash plays like causing interceptions and fumbles are important but Fitzpatrick says it’s also the little things like being in the right position that make all the difference in the backfield.
Fitzpatrick says he expects the defense to again be one of the best in the league adding that the only time they get beat is when they make mistakes.
While training camp looks different this year, Fitzpatrick says there isn’t too much difference compared to previous camps he’s been a part of.
“I think the rules on hitting are a little bit different but we’re tackling when we can, we’re hitting when we can.”
He adds the setup is a little different but they were still getting just as many reps as normal, they are just staggered now.
Now that he’s getting his first extended practices with the Steelers, Fitzpatrick says the defense already had a strong chemistry and that it is getting stronger during this year’s camp.